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To: Chancery staff, parish communicators, Catholic Charities
From: The Most Rev. Joel M. Konzen, S.M., Diocesan Administrator
Friends in Christ,
Even as we continue to rejoice in the Holy Father’s appointment of The Most Reverend Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv, as the seventh Archbishop of Atlanta, we do so cognizant of how the Church and the world have so radically changed since the day of that joyful announcement.
Recognizing that the people of God of the archdiocese have been without a shepherd for a year, Archbishop-designate Hartmayer has humbly asked that his Mass of Installation commence as scheduled at 12:30 p.m. on May 6, but that it be held privately so that he may begin his service here without delay. A private vespers service will be held at 7 p.m. on May 5. Both events will be livestreamed. We will provide a link to the livestream closer to the date.
A joy-filled public celebration of his installation will be held at an appropriate time. We will release details at a later date.
Yours in Jesus and Mary,
The Most Rev. Joel M. Konzen, S.M.